When we are starting a new futures thinking project, or meeting with a group to talk about the future, the Future Four-Square game proposed by the Institute for the Future is the perfect way to see where people stand. Are we worried about the future? Are we hopeful? Do we have ideas for actions they can take, today, to make the future better?
The results of the game can also suggest which type of futures thinking will be most helpful to you and your group to increase your ability to actively shape and change the future.
How to play this game?
- Pick a future topic (such as the future of learning, the future of civic engagement, the future of careers)
- When you think about your chosen Future topic: on a scale of 1 to 10, do you think it’s getting better or worse? Right now, overall, is this future headed in a better direction, or a worse one? (10 is much better, 1 is much worse).
- When you think about the same Future topic: on a scale from 1 to 10, how much power do YOU personally have to shape or influence that future, and help decide whether it gets better or worse? (10 is a lot of power, 1 is no power).
Based on your results, explore what futures thinking skills you may want to develop further. Download slides with four types of futures thinking.
The Network of Cities of Learning offers this learning activity within the capacity-building project ‘Youth co-design learning, civic and career pathways’. We are grateful to the EU’s Erasmus+ Programme for co-funding support for this project.
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This badge is issued for applying futures thinking technique the Future Four-Square game proposed by the Institute for the Future.
Earners of this badge completed these steps to think about their attitude and role related to futures of learning, civic engagment and careers in their city or region:
- Picked a future topic (such as the future of learning, the future of civic engagement, the future of careers)
- Using the Future Four-Square game and express their views about the future topic thinking: a) if it’s getting better or worse and then b) how powerful they feel to shape or influence that future.
Based on the results, people could explore what futures thinking skills they may want to develop further.
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Follow steps of the Future Four-Square game to identify your views and role on the future of learning, civic engagement and careers in your city or region. Upload your position related to the future. Share your thoughts about the following questions:
- How do you view the future of learning, civic engagement and careers in your city or region?
- How do your feel about your role in shaping possible futures?